What Happens In Your Body During a Detox?

When detoxing is done in a healthy way, you can actually make upward strides toward optimal health.  A detox allows your liver to clean up the junk and your fat to dump toxins which allows your body to better handle stress, break down food and keep you energized. As a matter of fact, your body begins changing for the better in just a few days, a detox is a reset.

Your gut

The modern western diet consisting primarily of processed foods, copious amounts of sugar and dairy can wreak havoc on the flora balance in your gut, leading to a range of symptoms. After just a week of a detoxing, you’ll likely notice an improvement with digestion issues; a decrease in bloating and gas to an increase in healthy bowel movements resulting in less stress on your gut.  It is highly beneficial to help repopulate your gut with good bacteria by indulging in fermented foods or taking a high quality probiotic.  By simply detoxing you will optimize your gut flora and that will improvement your mood, sleep, digestion, skin and allergies.

Your skin

Once your body starts flushing out toxins, your skin may actually look worse before it looks better, it is possible to get a rashes and hives, but that will clear, and the skin tone and color will improve over time, remember the skin is the largest organ in the body and toxins are released through the skin. The skin can actually excrete toxins such as DDT, lead and cadmium that normally reside in the skin.  Within two weeks, though, you’ll begin to see skin improvements. Oil production will lower, acne will begin to disappear and you’ll start to notice more even toned, clearer, brighter skin.

Your brain

Your brain is likely to see a number of improvements on a detox diet, but not in the first day or two. The most common symptom showing withdrawal from these foods and substances is typically a headache behind the eyes or pressing into the temples, this is often accompanied by mental fog, which may last for a couple of days. But keep up with your detox It gets better by day three, by day three you’ll start feeling a little clearer and lighter, your energy will pick up and your symptoms will diminish. By the end of the first week, you can expect a decrease in headaches and an improvement in mental clarity, memory, concentration and focus. This brain boost is due in large part to balancing your gut flora, there is a direct relationship between gut health and the brain.